• Summer

    Dear Summer

    09.29.2015 / OTHER

    You were wild. You were big and unruly, a giant butterfly in the draperies. You were backyard swinging and hammock reading, leaf collecting and worm searching. You were skinned knees and balance bike riding and Mom, can I wear my helmet to the grocery store? and Well, yeah, I guess so, if you want? You were early morning eggs with hot sauce at the coffee shop, typing a melody I didn’t yet know. You were 1,000 words here, then another …

  • kitchen floor

    A New Way of Being

    09.24.2015 / LIFE

    A year now. For a year now, I’ve been trying a new way of being. It’s a slower life, one that allows a tiny splash of grace to trickle into the moments that are frenzied, like when the dogs are barking and the kitchen timer just went off, and the toddler peed on the rug (again). It has a lot to do with small changes, and a few big ones, but mostly it’s just a tiny shift in my head, …

  • levis 1

    In Pursuit of Jeans, And More

    09.22.2015 / PLAY

    My about page on this site, years ago, used to read this: To life, love, liberty and the pursuit of the perfect pair of jeans. My life has changed. My loves have changed. My liberty has changed in the way that all liberties do, in the way that what we assume is ours to keep is actually ours to give. But my pursuit of the perfect pair of jeans? It remains unchanged, very much so. I find a pair every …

  • dealing with anxiety

    My Anxiety Cure

    09.18.2015 / OTHER

    Cure is perhaps the wrong word, but I have seen this technique work time and time again, in my own life and in the life of others. It worked when I found myself in Los Angeles, lost in the Sepulveda sea, pulling over and enduring my second panic attack of the week. It worked when I found myself a newlywed but feeling alone, feeling lost, feeling listless. It worked when I cried in the master bedroom, when I cried in …

  • Zico Smoothie

    A Smoothie

    09.16.2015 / PLAY

    I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make. Julia Child said this. A recipe, then. It’s an easy one, and a nutritious one, and it requires five minutes and a blender. No knots, no excuses, no explanations. I like to dress it up when I make it at home, but it’s just as tasty in your toddler’s sippy cup, just as dazzling in your Nalgene water bottle on your way to …

  • messy living room


    09.11.2015 / OTHER

    On balance, then. What we have come to think about balance, of equal parts work and play and rest and love and parenting and cubicles and zoos and coffee and gym? What we have come to think about the balancing of these activities, of these roles, of these doings is wrong. Do you want balance? Peek at your morning so far. Look at your day. I’m willing to bet you’ve had highs (just enough eggs in the fridge!) and lows …

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